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NY Father, Son Charged With Selling More Than 100,000 Pounds of Squid Mislabeled as Octopus

Prosecutors say the two imported giant squid from Peru and marketed it in grocery stores across the country as octopus

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    NY Father, Son Charged With Selling More Than 100,000 Pounds of Squid Mislabeled as Octopus
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    • The father and son owners of two Long Island food processing and distribution companies have been charged with selling squid as octopus

    • 58-year-old Roy Tuccillo Sr., 31-year-old Roy Tuccillo Jr., both of Jericho, face conspiracy to commit wire fraud and Lacey Act violations

    • Prosecutors say the two imported giant squid from Peru and marketed it in grocery stores across the country as octopus, which sells for more

    The father and son owners of two Long Island food processing and distribution companies have been charged with selling more than 113,000 pounds of squid falsely labeled as octopus.

    Federal prosecutors announced the indictment of 58-year-old Roy Tuccillo Sr., 31-year-old Roy Tuccillo Jr., both of Jericho, and their two Westbury-based companies, Anchor Frozen Foods Inc. and Advanced Frozen Foods Inc.

    The defendants face conspiracy to commit wire fraud and various Lacey Act violations. Telephone numbers listed for them were not in service.

    Prosecutors say the two imported giant squid from Peru and marketed it in grocery stores across the country as octopus, which generally has a greater retail price than squid.

    In June, an Associated Press investigation found that a Brooklyn-based sustainable seafood distributor falsely billed fish as local.

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